Nancy Richey will be discussing Mose Rager’s life and influence on music. Richey shared, “there are many country guitar legends—Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and Eddie Pennington, to name a few—who trace the root of their music to Mose Ranger. A Muhlenberg County, Kentucky native, Rager's tune, "Walkin' the Strings" said much about his ability. Known for developing a unique thumb-picking style, Mose worked as a barber and a coal miner when he wasn't playing gigs with Grandpa Jones, Curly Fox, and Texas Ruby. Although Mose died on May 14, 1986, his sound lives on when modern day pickers try to play "That Muhlenberg Sound."
Richey is an Associate Professor for the Department of Library Special Collections at WKU. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and WKU where she received degrees in Information Science and Southern History. Richey has served on various historical boards, including Janice Holt Giles Society, Morrison Park Camp Meeting Site Restoration Board and the Daughters of the American Revolution, and has authored/co-authored two local history books in the Images of America series published by Arcadia Press. Growing up in a decidedly non-musical family, nonetheless, she knew that Mose Rager was a subject worthy of book length study because of the worldwide influence and historical significance of his musical legacy.
A book signing will follow her presentation.
“For the many who never met this gracious, talented man, this book provides a great opportunity to get to know Mose Rager on a more personal level...you will see what a wide path that Mose opened as he traveled down the road of life with a thumb pick stuck on his right thumb.” – Eddie Pennington, Guitarist, 2001 National Heritage Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts
Evenings Upstairs Series: Mose Rager - Kentucky's Shy Guitar Master